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pink
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Posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 11:25 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The picture enclosed is the first medallion that was made from the branches of the Honking Tree. The plan is to sell these out of either the depot in Two Harbors and/or City Hall. All money will go towards civic projects yet to be determined. The city will in no way profit financially from these medallions. The brand used is a custom brand that was made from a company in California. Money that was donated purchased this product. The medallions are 1/2" to 1" thick.

When this incident occurred it seemed a large number of people wanted some type of memento of the tree, so with the branches, this is the idea to try and give people a piece of it.

The tree trunk itself will be carved by a local chainsaw artist into something fitting for our area.
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pink
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Posted on Friday, October 02, 2009 - 09:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The medallions are available at City Hall for $5 a piece.
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pink
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Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 06:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Two Harbors 'Honking Tree' to live again as sculpture
by Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
October 16, 2009

St. Paul, Minn. Vandals may have cut down the "honking tree" in Two Harbors, but residents will be able to forever cherish the landmark after a chainsaw artist sculpts its trunk into a replica of the northern Minnesota town's lighthouse.

Two Harbors Mayor Randy Bolen said it's a fitting memorial for people who were saddened by the absence of the large pine tree on Highway 61, where motorists would toot their horns as they drove by.

Someone chopped down the tree in April, and many in the town had looked for ways to memorialize it. A spaghetti dinner was held to raise money to restore it, and city officials discussed other possibilities.

"We wanted to do something that was fitting for our area, and this seemed to be the right thing to do with it," Bolen said of the sculpture.

The lighthouse statue, which has yet to be made, will be on public display on Seventh Avenue. There will also be a sign describing its history.

But even with a public memorial, Bolen said many residents wanted a piece of the tree to take home as a memory. So about two weeks ago, the city started selling "honking tree" medallions made out of the tree's branches.

The circular medallions, which cost $5, are stamped with a picture of the "honking tree" along with the years it stood alive in Minnesota: 1879-2009.


"Some people are using them for coasters in their homes or cabins," Bolen said.

Both the medallions and sculpture are being made at no cost to the city, and the money raised from the medallions will go to support some sort of civic cause such as planting more trees, Bolen said.

To memorialize the tree, city officials had to strike the right balance between people in the town who couldn't have cared less about the tree and others who were extremely passionate about it, Bolen said.

"I think people would be more upset if we didn't do anything with it and just let it rot," he said.
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frosted_flakes
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Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 07:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

about two weeks ago, the city started selling "honking tree" medallions

How are the sales going oh Pink One? What kind of numbers have you got for us?
The worm has turned, but it looks the same on both ends.
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pink
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Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

one big box pretty much gone.
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twoz
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Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I GOT MINE.
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mule
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 05:59 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Not trying to ruffle feathers, but I've always been curious since the incident happened: how did City of TH come into possession of the tree after it was cut down?
"A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends on the character of the user." - Teddy Roosevelt
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pink
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 07:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

mndot asked us.
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mule
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do you know if they asked anyone else, i.e. the county?
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derek_coda
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 11:56 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does the County want it??? Wouldn't someone have come forward already if there was an issue??
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mule
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 08:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

It was just a request for information. Nobody's making an issue out of anything. It's been a topic of discussion off and on outside of city limits of how the tree came into the City of TH's possession. Nobody's insinuating anything past mere curiosity here.

I got my answer so belay the second question; MNDOT never asked the county if they wanted it.
"A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends on the character of the user." - Teddy Roosevelt
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frosted_flakes
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Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If anyone wants a honking tree we can send them one. The woods are full of them and you can not tell one from the other. All it is now is a dead piece of wood and a stump. It does not glow in the dark. Do not bring your sick, lame and lazy to it, there will be no healing. Sell it to someone in the Twin Cities. They can cut it up and sell it as fire wood in a shopping mall parking lot.
The worm has turned, but it looks the same on both ends.
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twoz
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Posted on Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 10:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

ISSUES
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frosted_flakes
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Posted on Sunday, November 08, 2009 - 01:36 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Just when you thought that everything good in the world was gone, along comes another wonderful thing. Lookie lookie: http://blogs.knoxnews.com/silence/archives/2009/10/hate_speed_bump.shtml
A few yards of black top strategically placed between Larsmont and Two Harbors. All at once we have real quality of life again.
The worm has turned, but it looks the same on both ends.
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fireball_440
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Posted on Sunday, November 08, 2009 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hahahahaaa I'm going to start honking at potholes.
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blondie
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Posted on Monday, November 09, 2009 - 07:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You won't have to take your hand off the horn fireball!!

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